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Heredia’s RBI single in 11th lifts Mariners past Rangers 9-8

Heredia’s RBI single in 11th lifts Mariners past Rangers 9-8
Seattle Mariners' Guillermo Heredia, left, is embraced by Dee Gordon after Heredia hit a one-run single to beat the Texas Rangers in the 11th inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 15, 2018, in Seattle. The Mariners won 9-8. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE (AP) Hours after losing their All-Star second baseman to a drug suspension, the Seattle Mariners ended the day on a positive note with a win in extra innings.

Guillermo Heredia’s single to left-center drove in Ryon Healy from second base in the 11th inning to lift the Mariners to a 9-8 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

Healy reached on a bloop single to right field off Texas reliever Alex Claudio (1-1) and advanced to second with David Freitas reached on an infield single deep in the hole at shortstop.

Earlier in the day, Robinson Cano was suspended 80 games for violating MLB’s drug policy. Cano, who was already sidelined at least a month by a fractured right hand, suffered when he was hit by a pitch Sunday, was set to serve the suspension immediately.

”Our guys were down in the clubhouse today,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. ”And with Jean (Segura) being so close to Robbie, he was frustrated by it. But the best way to take out your frustration is out on the field, and on the other team.”

It was Seattle’s 10th come-from-behind victory this season, which is tied with Houston for fourth-most in the American League behind Boston (14), Toronto (13) and New York (11).

”Despite all the sadness around here, guys were able to pull it together,” Heredia said.

Segura reached base four times, including three singles, and stole four bases, which matched the single-game club record. The last Mariners player to do that was Ichiro Suzuki against Texas in 2010.

And Segura’s RBI single off Texas reliever Jose Leclerc into left field gave the Mariners an 8-7 lead in the eighth inning.

Texas tied it in the ninth against AL-leading closer Edwin Diaz, who blew just his second save opportunity this…

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